The Genealogy Heritage Room at Clarkesville Library has been growing by leaps and bounds! We have started a Historical Photograph Digitization project, and have digitized a number of photographs of early life in Habersham County. To view our digitial historical photo collection, CLICK HERE.
The library also now has three separate rooms for you to enjoy: the Genealogy Heritage Room; a separate room for computers and records; and a new third room, the Habersham Room which contains our materials about Habersham County history. In the past few months, we have had visitors from across the country, including Oklahoma, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Arizona (to name a few) as well as our nearby states and counties. If you have not visited the Genealogy Heritage Room lately, plan to come by soon to see all the new additions.
Within the first room, the Genealogy Heritage Room, over 2,000 books line the shelves. This collection includes a thorough assembly of marriage, birth and death records, obituaries, federal census indices, pension record books, state and county history books, journals, maps, and family histories. Four distinct sections help expedite research : Family histories (in alphabetical order by primary family name); Georgia history (pertaining to the whole state or several GA counties in the same book); Georgia counties other than Habersham, (arranged alphabetically by county) ; States other than Georgia (also arranged alphabetically by state); and General Genealogy (including “how-to” research books, Immigration and passenger lists; some European and British resources, Cherokee Indian rolls, Revolutionary War materials and DAR record books). This room also contains historical records and rosters of the Joseph Habersham Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Tomochichi Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Original funeral records are housed here, too.
The computer room contains two computers, microfilm machines, an extensive collection of Habersham County obituaries, and bound books of the original Tri-County Adviser newspapers for many of the years from 1913-1980. The two computers have free access to Ancestry.com Library Edition as well as general internet access allowing patrons to research their genealogy via a range of non-subscription family history websites and organizations. Nearby, cabinets contain microfilm records of Georgia census 1820-1920; some North and South Carolina census records; some Habersham County annual return books, estate case files, and marriage licenses and applications. Other microfilm available contains issues from the Tri-County Advertiser (1893-1990) and The Northeast Georgian (1947-2001). In addition, the old card catalog in this room now contains an extensive collection of actual obituaries from Habersham County in the upper drawers (arranged alphabetically). The lower drawers contain categories of individual Habersham County cemeteries (arranged alphabetically by name of cemetery) with basic information cards about individual graves.
The new Habersham Room is space dedicated to Habersham County history. In addition to the genealogy books about Habersham County which have been relocated here, several primary sources are available. These include Habersham County Civil War and World War I service records obtained from the Habersham County Courthouse, scrapbooks from the former textile-producing Clarkesville Mill, and scrapbooks documenting some of the past annual Mountain Laurel Festivals (which have been held for over 50 years). Our plan is to continue to add historical records highlighting the people, businesses, civic organizations, locations and events that have made Habersham County unique throughout its history.
If you would like more information, please contact our Genealogy Heritage Room at 706-754-4413 ext. 0007.